Don't SIGN Parise TRADE for him
Making Zach Parise an offer does not make sense. This would not only upset the rival Devils and other GM's around the league but it would be over paying. Let's not forget Burke being upset with Edmonton for signing Penner from under him in Anaheim like that. Snow does not want to make enemies around the league. An offer sheet to get Parise away from NJD would have to be about 7-8million a year for at least the next 4 years. This type of money would take away the Islanders 1st Round Pick for the next 4 years! Some people are saying it does not matter he is that good but really that is too much for one player.
Here is what teams have given up for impact players:
February 26, 2008: Marian Hossa traded to Pittsburgh Penguins by Atlanta Thrashers with Pascal Dupuis for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Daulton Leveille) in 2008 Entry Draft.
February 26, 2008: Brad Richards traded to Dallas Stars by Tampa Bay Lightning with Johan Holmqvist for Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern, Mike Smith and Dallas' 4th round choice (later traded to Minnesota, later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Kyle Bigos) in 2009 Entry Draft.
FEBRUARY 4, 2010: Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela traded to New Jersey Devils for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergors, Patrice Cormier and First Round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft (Later traded to Chicago Blackhawks-selected Kevin Hayes).
Ok so I know Parise is probably going to be better in the long run than most of these players are but a trade of this magnitude has not happened in the NHL for some time.
August 9, 1988: Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley were traded to the Los Angeles Kings from Edmonton in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first round draft choices (1989, 1991, 1993) and cash.
I am not calling Parise Gretzky or comparing the two in any way just putting into perspective what the Islanders should give up for Parise.
What Snow Should Do
There is no reason why Parise will not want to sign with the Islanders. Obviously the Islanders passed up on him in 2003 in the Entry Draft (one of many mistakes by Milbury). Parise's dad J.P. has a legacy and ties to the island. When spoken to after the draft Parise had hoped and thought the Islanders were going to call his name for sure and was obviously disappointed they didn't. This is a chance to make it all better. Snow should contact New Jersey and try to work out a deal to get him and then sign him long term.
What Must Be Given Up
In order to make this trade possible the Islanders will have to give up a lot.
2011 First Round Pick-5th Overall
2011 Second Round Pick-34th Overall
2012 First Round Pick-? Overall
This trade is not terrible for either team
NJD gets a highly touted prospect with the 5th overall selection, a second round pick and probably a mid-round draft pick next year. They replace Parise with an affordable 20 goal scorer while building for their future at the same time. Remember the 5th overall pick is worth more than just any first round pick because you the draft class and you know where you will be picking for sure.
NYI gets an immediate impact player to play with Tavares and Moulson they lose their first round pick but they still have a second round pick from Montreal (via Wisniewski trade). Losing the 2012 first round pick and the 2011 5th overall selection will be soon forgotten when they make the playoffs.
Obviously the question is whether New Jersey is willing to part with Parise for this knowing if they say no the Islanders will have to give up four first round draft picks if they really want him. I think that is too much and this is the only option.
If New Jersey Refuses to Trade Parise
The New Jersey Devils do not have many options but to trade Parise because they cannot simply afford to sign him. Their cap space is 7 million and have the following to re-sign:
Numbers are figures that are a minimum
Parise- 5 million
Hedberg- 1 million
And 2 other RFA's that will earn around 500,000
Total: At least 10 million
Note: These are speculative rough calculations of qualifying offers based upon increases, bonuses, games played in NHL, and waivers.
The Devils could easily move a couple other assets if they decide to re-sign Parise. They would have to move most likely two contracts for smaller contracts of either:
Zajac and Steckel combine for almost 5 million for the next two years
Zubrus and Clarkson 6.6 million for the next two years
If one of these deals were done they would have 12-13 million free and about 10million to resign their roster easing up only 2-3million for two players to replace whomever they trade or possibly bring up a player to two from the AHL.
This is something the Islanders should look at also these are role players that could improve the Islanders roster if Parise trade is not possible. Either way Snow should make a few phone calls and become a close friend with Lou Lamoriello.
My hunch may be more of a hope but with the signing of Kovalchuk, increased play of the team without Parise in the lineup at the end of the year and the fact they would have to move at least 2 other important players on their roster I say they trade Parise for two firsts, a second, and an inexpensive roster player to the Islanders. Oh how it would be a happy day in Isles Country if Snow made this deal!